I’ve always thought this is such a big piece of the puzzle. From Reddit:
“In reality, the great depression pretty much evened the playing field as far as wealth. The problem we have today evolved as a result of GI’s returning from WWII. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers came home, bought a house, and started a family. But black soldiers were denied the opportunity. The Federal Hosing Administration would not insure loans to black families, and even if they did, often times developers wouldn’t sell to black families. So, whites got suburbia, blacks were limited to inner city developments. So while white families were building equity in their homes, black families were renters and getting nothing out of it. Eventually, black families that were responsible had saved up enough to by a nice new home in suburbia, but there was a great fear from the white community (a fear pushed by the slimiest realtors) that the influx of black families would depress real estate values. White people flooded out to newer developments, which of course made the real estate values plummet. Black families, having finally bought a house, got to immediately see their life savings go down the drain with their now worthless property.
After World War Two, America had a chance to fully bring the black community into the fold with every other ethnic group (all of whom were able to join the middle class after the war) but instead we dropped the ball big time, leaving a lasting schism in our society.”
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“Bollocks. It removes the political power they are using to destroy the lives of others. You think that it’s embarrassing for him? I see the surviving partner denied pension rights in a same sex partnership, or indeed the denial of hospital visitation rights before death. I see states that allow for homosexuals to be sacked purely on the basis of their sexuality, and I see families broken up due to the inability to deal with the sexuality of their children (or indeed parents). That is something that this man was actively aiding. It’s not that things got better because the Christians were nicer, it’s down to political pressure and work. If there’s a guy who’s a star and uses that to destroy lives? Yeah, I’m OK with the truth being known. Don’t want people to know you’re a hypocritical hateful fuck? Don’t be a hypocritical hateful fuck.”
The Bully Pulpit | MetaFilter.
“A person who uses their public leverage to actively work against gays having full human rights in terms of marriage, public safety, economic equality/hiring practices is fair fucking game. The fainting couch is over there if you need it.”
via The Bully Pulpit | MetaFilter.
“The Great Backlash is a style of conservatism that first came snarling onto the national stage in response to the partying and protests of the late sixties. While earlier forms of conservatism emphasized fiscal sobriety, the backlash mobilizes voters with explosive social issues-summoning public outrage over everything from busing to un-Christian art – which it then marries to pro-business economic policies.” “Like a French Revolution in reverse – one in which the sansculottes pour down the streets demanding more power for the aristocracy – the backlash pushes the spectrum of the acceptable to the right, to the right, farther to the right. It may never bring prayer back to the schools, but it has rescued all manner of rightwing economic nostrums from history’s dustbin. Having rolled back the landmark economic reforms of the sixties (the war on poverty) and those of the thirties (labor law, agricultural price supports, banking regulation), its leaders now turn their guns on the accomplishments of the earliest years of progressivism (Woodrow Wilson’s estate tax; Theodore Roosevelt’s antitrust measures). With a little more effort, the backlash may well repeal the entire twentieth century.”
Thomas Frank quoted on MetaFilter